The Lost

The Lost

by Roberta Kray
     
 

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Praise for Roberta Kray:

“You might expect a crime novel written by the widow of Reg Kray would be tough . . . and it is. Recommend this to fans of Ian Rankin.”—Booklist

“Convinces on every page.”—Chicago Tribune

“Razor-sharp writing and excellent pacing elevate this effort beyond the

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Praise for Roberta Kray:

“You might expect a crime novel written by the widow of Reg Kray would be tough . . . and it is. Recommend this to fans of Ian Rankin.”—Booklist

“Convinces on every page.”—Chicago Tribune

“Razor-sharp writing and excellent pacing elevate this effort beyond the standard vengeance thriller.”—Publishers Weekly

Little Grace Harper disappeared over twenty years ago. Has she returned? PI Harry Lind’s investigation leads him into a web of deceit and betrayal.

Roberta Kray’s two previous novels are The Debt and The Pact.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Kray's compelling, character-driven third London gangland novel (after The Pact and The Lost), Len Curzon, an alcoholic reporter interviewing a small-time villain in a local prison, notices a young woman visiting with a notorious older convict, Paul Deacon. The woman reminds him a lot of an eight-year-old girl, Grace Harper, who went missing 20 years earlier. Soon after making some indiscreet inquiries, Curzon is stabbed to death by an unknown assailant outside a pub. Meanwhile, PI Harry Lind, a crippled ex-cop, tries to track down a well-known crime czar's brother in-law, who's also disappeared. The two plot threads intersect when Jessica Vaughn, Curzon's friend and fellow reporter, has a boozy flirtation with Lind and persuades him that Curzon's murder isn't the random act of violence that the police assume. Kray captures the cadences and rhythm of underworld life, though some readers may feel some judicious trimming would have speeded up the action in spots. Still, fans of Derek Raymond and Ken Bruen will find much to admire. (May)

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School Library Journal

Adult/High School- His body hobbled by an explosion he suffered less than a year earlier when he was a police officer, and his emotional life bruised by his longtime girlfriend's departure, private detective Harry Lind finds himself at the nexus of a crowd of mysteries. An alcoholic newspaper reporter is killed shortly after the two have a casual conversation. The reporter's protégée, a young woman with moxie to match his, attaches herself to Harry, not for emotional support but to browbeat him into helping her solve the murder and to identify the story on which her mentor was secretly working. That story, it turns out, involves another young woman, one with a mysterious past, which may mean that she is the grown version of a girl believed to have died at the age of eight. Kray keeps all these balls nicely aloft, but it is her characters who make this mystery a winner. Methodically, she develops Harry's-and readers'-understanding that the little girl lost may have grown into a woman who has no desire to be found, and who will tell lies and half-truths to steer detectives (journalistic and otherwise) away from discovering who she is and what she did as a teen. Mystery fans will appreciate the storytelling here.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia

Kirkus Reviews
Ghosts of long-dead crimes are best left undisturbed. During a fruitless interview at a prison, dogged London newshound Len Curzon spots a lead in the person of an unidentified blonde beauty chatting with disgraced politician Paul Deacon, who has been incarcerated for shooting crime boss Jimmy Keppell's handsome son Tony. Deacon's motive was murky; now Len muses that Tony may have been Deacon's lover. From deep in his memory, Len pulls a hunch: that the young woman is Grace, the grown-up daughter of Sharon Harper, an infamous woman in another memorable story from two decades ago. At a pub called The Whistle, Len chats with ex-cop Harry Lind, currently in the doghouse with his live-in love Valerie. Harry's now a private eye hired by not-quite-legitimate nightclub owner Ray Stagg to find his missing brother-in-law Al. Stagg's sister Denise is crazed with worry. Harry learns, unsurprisingly, that revenge is the real motive for Stagg's search, and the reader soon discovers that Keppel and Stagg are thick as thieves. Before Len can decide whether to pursue the case of Grace Harper, who now calls herself Ellen Shaw, he's murdered, and Harry's case takes center stage for Valerie, an investigator who's not only Harry's better half but a detective sergeant. Another multilayered crime saga from Kray (The Pact, 2007, etc.), long on plot but short on style. A panorama of supporting characters adds both interest and potential confusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780333700
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
966,940
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Through her marriage to Reggie Kray, Roberta Kray has a unique and authentic insight into London's East End. Roberta met Reggie in early 1996 and they married the following year; they were together until Reggie's death in 2000. Roberta is the author of many previous bestsellers including Bad Girl, Streetwise, No Mercy and Dangerous Promises.

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